Dr Martyn Jolly is an artist and a writer. He is head of photography and media arts at the Australian National University School of Art. He completed his PhD on fake photographs and photographic affect at the University of Sydney in 2003. In 2006, his book Faces of the Living Dead: The Belief in Spirit Photography was published by the British Library, as well as in the US and Australia.
His work is in the collections of the National Gallery of Australia, the National Gallery of Victoria and the Canberra Museum and Gallery. In 2006, he was one of three artists commissioned to design and build the ACT Bushfire Memorial. In 2011, he undertook a Harold White Fellowship at the National Library of Australia and a Collection Scholar Artist in residence Fellowship at the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.
In 2014, he received an Australian Research Council Discovery grant along with Dr Daniel Palmer to research the impact of new technology on the curating of Australian art photography. In 2015, he received an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant to lead the international project Heritage in the Limelight: The Magic Lantern in Australia and the World. He is also researching Australiana photobooks.